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#ClearTheCrib: Supporting Safe Sleep Practices

Oct 26, 2022
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October is Safe Sleep Awareness Month – a time to remind each other about safe sleep practices.

We see and hear a lot of ads every day. It can be fun to browse social media sites for cute and seemingly harmless baby products. However, not all baby products that are advertised on social media are safe.

In fact, there are no regulations for baby products or do-it-yourself projects that are posted online. There has recently been a slew of baby products circling social media that can be very dangerous to a baby’s sleep environment.

The only way for a baby to sleep safely is by following the ABCs of safe sleep: Alone, placed on their Back, and in a Crib. Follow this link to learn more about the ABCs of safe sleep. Additionally, you can find a more detailed handout regarding safe sleep practices here

One way to make sure what you bring into your home is safe for baby is to only buy products that meet CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) safety standards. Any product that meets these safety standards is safe for baby when used correctly, which means a more peaceful night’s sleep for both your baby and you. If you have secondhand baby products, make sure they haven’t been recalled by checking www.recalls.gov.

If you have more questions, tune in to Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Pediacast on Safe Sleep which will air on October 26, 2022, or check out these frequently asked questions regarding safe sleep.

If you’re passionate about this topic and want to advocate for a safer environment for our children, join Trainees for Child Injury Prevention (T4CIP) today (October 26, 2022) by following the hashtag #ClearTheCrib on social media.


Featured Expert

Laura Dattner
Laura Dattner, MA
Center for Injury Research and Policy

Laura Dattner is a research writer in the Center for Injury Research and Policy. With both a health communications and public health background, she works to translate pediatric injury research into meaningful, accurate messages which motivate the public to make positive behavior changes.

Taylor Hartlaub
Taylor Hartlaub, MD, MPH
Center for Injury Research and Policy

Taylor Hartlaub, MD, MPH is currently training as a pediatric resident at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Dr. Hartlaub completed medical school at Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine.

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